“Eisenhower, the Cold War, and the Atomic Bomb” lecture in the Eisenhower Library

Continuing with this year's theme "The Making of a Leader," this month's lecture features Dr. Chester Pach speaking about Eisenhower’s leadership during the Cold War era. The atomic bomb produced widespread fascination and fear during the 1950s. Children played with toy bombers and missiles and practiced “duck and cover” drills. Millions of Americans watched live telecasts of nuclear tests while worrying about fallout or atomic attack. This presentation explored how President Eisenhower dealt with public anxieties and Cold War challenges concerning the bomb and show how nuclear dangers and nuclear fears tested his presidential leadership.

Dr. Pach is an Associate Professor of History at Ohio University. He specializes in the history of U.S. foreign relations and recent U.S. history. His research has focused on U.S. involvement in the Cold War and the Vietnam War as well as the Eisenhower, Johnson, and Reagan presidencies. He has a particular interest in television coverage of international issues and the intersections between politics, popular culture, and international history.



LBJ Presidential Library Launches New Digital Resource Highlighting LBJ’s Treasures

The National Archives’ Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum announces the launch of an online resource featuring highlights from the Library’s artifact collection. Since the Library opened in 1971, visitors have viewed artifacts from LBJ’s presidency in museum exhibits at the Library and elsewhere. Now, these priceless historic artifacts will be available online to anyone, anywhere, at any time.

The release of this digital archive of artifacts is part of a multi-year effort to make data, descriptions, and images from the Presidential Libraries’ artifact collections accessible on Presidential Libraries and National Archives websites. The first collection made available was from the FDR Presidential Library, released in April 2020, followed by the JFK Presidential Library, released in April 2022. At launch, a selection of key objects are featured on the site, with additional artifacts added on a regular basis.

On the new LBJ site, images are available of more than 2,000 artifacts including original artwork, ceremonial items, political and personal memorabilia, and original furnishings and decorative items from LBJ’s Oval Office. Artifact information includes detailed dimensions, historical background, and links to artists, manufacturers, and historic figures. Each record is also linked to information about LBJ Library exhibits, and to associated National Archives Catalog series descriptions and authority records, so that visitors can continue their research and visitor journeys among National Archives and Library finding aids.



“The hope” in the LBJ Presidential Library

LBJ Presidential Library hosting the project of Mark Smith’s “The Hope”, a series of 44 collages inspired by the theme of global unity. The LBJ Library’s exhibitions will be open late, and original music composed by Dirje Childs will accompany the projections.

Mark Smith was inspired to create the 44 works of “The Hope” in 2008, when the 44th U.S. presidential election revived his hope for our country. He soon broadened his theme beyond that of any particular presidency or any specific country. Art is a universal language that can build bridges between the diverse cultures of the world.



Bibliotheca Alexandrina Signs Agreement with Zhejiang Library of China

Dr. Ahmed Zayed, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, received Mr. Zhang Tao, the Chinese Chargé d'Affaires, and a delegation from the Chinese Embassy in Cairo, which included a number of cultural and media officials.

The visit witnessed the receipt of a collection of valuable books donated by the Embassy of China to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, including around 932 books and 20 periodicals. Dr. Ahmed Zayed and Mr. Yang Yi, Consul General of China in Alexandria, signed a joint cooperation agreement between the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Zhejiang Library of China.

At the end of the visit, media members of the delegation interviewed Dr. Zayed to learn about his future vision for the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, as well as the Library’s cooperation initiatives with Chinese cultural institutions.



  Day of the Deaf at the Yeltsin Center

On September 24, from 12:00 to 17:30, the Yeltsin Center invited people to events dedicated to the International Week of the Deaf, which is annually celebrated on the last week of September. The program included creative workshops, a museum game for children aged 12 and over, and a lecture on the culture of the deaf.



Presentation of the film “Treasures of the World – Azerbaijan” takes place at the Heydar Aliyev Centre

On September 29, a new project promoting Azerbaijan’s old and rich history, and culture was presented to the public.

Premiere of the film “Treasures of the World – Azerbaijan”, a project jointly developed by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and bp Company, took place at the Heydar Aliyev Centre.

President of Baku Media Centre Arzu Aliyeva attended the film’s premiere. Presenting the history and magnificent cultural treasures of Baku, Shusha, Gobustan and Sheki, the film aims at worldwide promotion of Azerbaijan’s rich cultural heritage.